Older Adults and their Caregivers

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Fire Safety Lasts a Lifetime

People over the age of 65 face the greatest risk of dying in a fire. On average, over 1,000 Americans age 65 and over die in home fires and 2,000 are injured in fire-related incidences.

The United States Fire Administration (USFA) wants older adults, their caregivers and all Americans to know that there are special precautions you can take to protect yourself and your home from fire.

Understanding the Risk

Why are Older Adults at Risk?

Install and Maintain Smoke Alarms

Plan Your Escape

Planning fire escape plans around one's capabilities is a key element to fire safety!

Don't Isolate Yourself

Live Near an Exit

Although you have the legal right to live where you choose, you'll be safest on the ground floor if you live in an apartment building.

Be Fire-Safe Around the Home

The leading cause of residential fire deaths among older adults is careless smoking.

Know Your Abilities

Remember, fire safety is your personal responsibility ...Fire Stops With You!